In the wake of two troubling reports on the work practices of patent examiners, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee defended her agency’s policies and practices before the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.
A Commerce Department Inspector General report revealed that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office paid $18.3 million over a 15-month period to employees who may have falsely reported their time and attendance.
For the Patent and Trademark Office, the quality of the patents it issues have become a front and center concern. As part of the its quality improvement program, PTO just launched a test initiative to give rejected patent applicants a chance to talk directly to the examiner. Drew Hirshfeld, the PTO’s commissioner for patents, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how the post-prosecution pilot program works.
The amount of patent infringement lawsuits has sharply increased over the past few years. While obviously some disagreements are going to occur, the Government Accountability Office set out to find out the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s role in that uptick. Frank Rusco, director of Natural Resources and Environment at GAO, Federal News Radio’s Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin what USPTO can do to stop some frugal cases being brought forward at all.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has embarked on a mission to make its public information easier to access and use. Tom Beach, senior advisor for digital services and data analytics at the Patent and Trademark Office explained the effort on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
A panel of five women who have successfully climbed the ladder of federal employment offered advice and inspiration to other feds seeking to emulate their achievements.
Patents and the intellectual property they represent have become an international business. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is racing to keep up. It’s new Dossier Initiative lets applicants more easily see what’s going around the world. Mark Powell is USPTO’s deputy commissioner for international patent cooperation. He tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin the initiative starts with the importance of patents to the U.S. economy and jobs creation.
The National Academy of Public Administration concludes that time-and-attendance fraud is neither widespread nor unique to teleworkers at the Patent and Trademark Office.
Your agency needs to clarify what it expects from employees who telework. That’s according to the Patent Office Professional Association. Their president says the recent telework controversy at the Patent and Trademark Office exposes problems with how agencies manage employees working outside the office. Bob Tobias is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He explained what he sees behind the controversy on In Depth with Francis Rose.
The telework controversy at the Patent and Trademark Office might not even be a telework problem to begin with. Poor management and misinformation might have caused it. That’s according to Robert Budens, president of the Patent Office Professional Association. He explained his take on the issue on In Depth with Francis Rose.